- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 6, 2002

Gonorrhea rate rising in hard-hit cities
ATLANTA Gonorrhea has leveled off in the United States, but rates still are rising in many cities hit hardest by the infection a finding health officials say is unacceptable.
The national gonorrhea rate stabilized in 2000 after rising 9 percent from 1997 to 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported yesterday. But the sexually transmitted disease rose in 2000 in 13 of the 20 cities with the highest rates. The disease rose more than 20 percent in five cities that already had high rates Kansas City, Mo.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Detroit.
The national gonorrhea rate in 2000 was 131.6 cases per 100,000 people, down from 132 in 1999.

Gunman kills three outside courthouse
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. A man shot and killed his ex-wife and two other persons in a courthouse parking lot yesterday, then holed up briefly inside his home before surrendering, police said.
The three victims had been headed to a probate hearing in the Isabella County Courthouse. The gunman was also supposed to have attended, police said.
The shooting was a "domestic-type of deal," said police Officer Charles Lyon.
After the shooting, police surrounded the suspect's home in nearby Weidman, where authorities negotiated with him, said William Yeagley, public-safety director of the Mount Pleasant police.

Terrorist threats cost Supreme Court
Extra security precautions linked to terrorism and the discovery of anthrax in the mail are costing the Supreme Court thousands of dollars, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said yesterday.
Justice Kennedy asked Congress to increase the court's budget for salaries and security, including $871,000 to pay for police overtime and to increase Supreme Court officers' regular pay.
The court asked for a total of nearly $100 million for the 12 months that begin in October, down slightly from the current fiscal year.

Rector suspended for opposing bishop
PHILADELPHIA An Episcopal rector who opposes the ordination of women and homosexuals has been suspended for six months and could be stripped of his priesthood.
The bishop of the Episcopal Church USA's Diocese of Pennsylvania on Monday barred longtime critic the Rev. David L. Moyer from officiating following a decade of tension between the suburban Philadelphia priest and church leaders.
Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr. supports the ordination of women and of homosexuals who are in "committed relationships."
Mr. Moyer condemns homosexuality as "a lifestyle that is contrary to the Christian religion."

Judge dismisses Columbine lawsuit
DENVER A federal judge has dismissed a woman's lawsuit against video-game giants Nintendo and Sony and other entertainment companies over her husband's murder at Columbine High School, Scripps Howard News Service reports.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock said in the 30-page ruling Monday that teacher Dave Sanders' death was caused by teen-age gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
The lawsuit filed by Linda Sanders and daughters Constance Adams and Cynthia Thirouin claimed that Harris and Klebold killed and injured people because they had watched violent movies and played violent video games.

Astronauts wrap up wing work on Hubble
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The Hubble Space Telescope had a new set of "wings" yesterday as a pair of free-floating astronauts from the space shuttle Columbia finished a two-day job of hanging new solar-power arrays on the orbiting observatory.
Astronaut Jim Newman and rookie Mike Massimino hung a new solar array, one of the distinctive winglike appendages on either side of Hubble, to match the new one installed by John Grunsfeld and Rick Linnehan during a spacewalk Monday.


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